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Posted by Yasser on January 22, 2003 at 17:46:01:
In Reply to: They don't know what they are... posted by Doug T on January 22, 2003 at 12:12:36:
We notcied that when our female scrubs are cool or during the warmup, they will go into their waterpans for days much like your MTBs.
I have no clue really why but I think it has something to do with creating a more constant temperature for them. The water acts as an insulator of sorts. The snake doesn't get as cool at night while in the water as it is holding the daytime temps longer. But the water never really gets as warm as the rest of the cage during the DTHs either. I found that the snakes in the water hold less variable body temps usually accurate to about 3-5 degrees of fluctuation in a daily variation of cage temps of as much as 15 degrees.
I was talking to some well known breeders a couple of years ago and they mentioned how they believe the cooler temps in the winter aids in the slow and proper development of healthy follicles in females. At this time they seem to prefer being cool and avoid any extra heat. But once ovulation has occured, they need warmth for proper egg (or embryo)development. It seems to be quite true with our stuff. Maybe soaking in the water is their way of fine tuning their preferred temps. Our males almost never soak in winter...if anything, they are heat hogs. Any time there is supplemental heat on in their cage, they are using it.
Funny stuff huh?
BTW, I still want some of those MTBs.
As soon as we curb our scrub addiction!
Take care Doug!
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